Sports Medicine Doctoral Research Assistantships are Available at the
University of Pittsburgh

The graduate program in Sports Medicine in the Department of Sports
Medicine and Nutrition (School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences) at
the University of Pittsburgh is accepting applications from students
interested in receiving a PhD in Rehabilitation Science (Specialization in
Sports Medicine). We have additional funding available for a research
assistantship within the Neuromuscular Research Laboratory, focusing on
injury prevention and performance enhancement in athletes, physically
active individuals, and military operators.

The PhD in Rehabilitation Science (Specialization in Sports Medicine) is a
4 year program structured to provide coursework in the major academic
areas of sports medicine, physiology, biomechanics, nutrition,
bioengineering, education, research methodology, statistics, anatomy, and
pathokinesiology. Students will be provided extensive research experience
in the Neuromuscular Research Laboratory housed within the University of
Pittsburgh Medical Center, Center for Sports Medicine as well as our two
new Department of Defense funded military based laboratories. The research
experience focuses on issues central to clinical orthopedics and sports
medicine as it applies to athletes, physically active individuals, and
elite military personnel. Research includes the use of motion analysis
(video and electromagnetics) electromyography, isokinetic dynamometry,
proprioceptive and balance assessment modalities, and metabolic and
physiological assessment techniques for the purpose of injury prevention,
restoring function after injury, and performance enhancement.

Successful candidates should have:
1. Completed their masters degree in an appropriate field of study
(biomechanics, athletic training, physical therapy, biomedical
engineering, exercise physiology, etc)
2. Clinical experience working in a sports medicine, musculoskeletal, or
orthopedic setting is preferred but not necessary
3. Demonstrated experience in conducting applied and clinical research
4. Strong oral and written communication skills
5. Strong computers skill
6. Competency in the use of instrumentation for human movement analysis.

Graduate assistantships to conduct research within the Neuromuscular
Research Laboratory will be provided to those who qualify and include full
tuition waiver, a stipend, and health insurance. Typically assistantships
are one-year appointments renewable annually.

Additional information concerning the program can be obtained by
contacting Timothy C. Sell, PhD, PT at the contact information below and
by visiting the Neuromuscular Research Laboratory website
( An online application for the PhD in
Rehabilitation Science degree program can be completed at

Timothy C. Sell, PhD, PT
Director of Graduate Studies, Sports Medicine
University of Pittsburgh
Sports Medicine and Nutrition
4044 Forbes Tower
Pittsburgh, PA 15260